Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thanksgiving with Phoebe and photos from abroad

Last week both Phoebe and Chloe were flying separately, but on the same day. Phoebe left school in Napa and traveled to San Francisco to fly here. She stayed in constant contact and wrote me when she got to the airport and realized she forgot her passport (or any ID except her school one). After some panic of sending her photos of her old passport and the new one. She was sent through security without much of an issue.

 Chloe flew from Glasgow, Scotland to Gothenburg, Sweden. She went with her friend and suitemate from school to visit her hometown. She basically stayed completely out of touch the whole time until the next day. At this point with Chloe, I was ok with that that. She's traveled a lot on her own, so if I don't hear from her usually things are fine.

Chloe loved Scandinavia. She said Gothenburg was her favorite city of all the places she's been. Unfortunately I have no photos of that. She did finally send me these pictures though....


Chloe and her friend, Cheye, visiting the Louvre



An action shot of Chloe in the Paris Underground.


Chloe on the phone in the Paris Underground


Sheep and sheepdogs from the Scottish Highlands


A beautiful shot of mountains in the Scottish Highlands.


       In the meantime, Phoebe was home all week, for her 17th birthday and Thanksgiving. On Saturday we went with her and her friend Freya to "Merry Main Street" in Mesa. It was a Christmas fair in the downtown a bit under attended, but still fun.



I took this shot of the top of the Christmas tree!



Naomi in a swivel chair by the Mesa Arts Center.


Phoebe and Freya in swivel chairs.



There were many, many selfies spots in town (so many).


Here's another one. We ate at food trucks, shopped at the Merry Market and wandered around all evening.



Anyway on Sunday morning at 5:30am she left again. Just like that, Phoebe's back at school.

So vacation is over. I'm back to teaching and later this week, Mike is assisting me in recreating this painting I sold a few years ago at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, "Chalk-a-lot" event.  It's called "Through The Porthole".....


If you happen to be in the greater Phoenix area, come on down! Vote for me! Toss a dollar in my tip jar!  (Seriously though, it's a great day out!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Halloween photo shoot

One of my clients, Carisa Wenstrom, sent me photos of my Voodoo Bird Skull Mask used in this spooky photo shoot!


The atmosphere is great in so many of the photos!


And the rest of the costume is quite impressive!


This particular mask is a newer design so I haven't seen many photos of people wearing it.



The results of their photos are stunning!


Usually with a photo shoot of my masks I share 2-3 images, but with these I just can't help but share more....  I guess you get the idea.

Anyway This week we were invited as a family to our first Quinceañera! I'm super excited and can't believe that we have 3 daughters and have lived in Argentina and the southwest United States all these years and haven't gotten an invite sooner! Anyway it's for a friend of Naomi's.... Now to buy the perfect gift!

A Quiet Place to Read


I've also been working more on adding images to my Red Bubble page . It's been an interesting experience to try and build a new network and portfolio there.

Inside The Witch's Cottage

I'm trying to add a few new images a week. We'll see if I can keep it up. 

     In the mean time the fires that have been raging in California have been thankfully far from Phoebe at school in Napa. According to her and the school it is quite smoky outside and she tells me she's just been staying indoors in the art studios getting work done (yes, that's definitely a kid of mine!). Anyway, she comes home this Friday. I've been using her room to pack and ship masks so I'd better clean it up! 

Chloe isn't coming home from Scotland for Thanksgiving, but has been invited to Sweden by her good friend and suite mate to visit her hometown. Fortunately she found a super cheap plane ticket for only 20£ . Hopefully she won't be strapped to the wing for such a cheap flight!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Halloween is over.... Phew!

    Recently I saw someone post online "I don't really like Halloween, there I said it". Honestly, this is like saying you didn't like the most recent "Shrek" movie. It's for children. Completely tailored to kids in every way. You are not the audience. It's strange how people don't get it. If you want to like Halloween, spend it with your grandkids. If you want to like Shrek, watch it with some children. I even enjoyed the "Teletubbies" when I saw how my one year old responded to it. Once Mike's grandfather put the show on for Mike and I while our daughter was sleeping. It was pretty awkward explaining that it's not our favorite show.


The lead up to Halloween was pretty hectic in my mask shop. I managed to finish these Pinky and The Brain masks in time and so, so many other masks that it would be tedious to talk about.


    This is Naomi on Halloween morning before school. She had on a cute black dress and went out that night with friends. She really seems to like her school now, which is great! She also seems to be doing well in classes.
     Phoebe's midterm grades came in and she's got all A's (as usual for her). She's also really liking her time at the Oxbow school. They have artists in residence who come work with the teens and she's created some incredible work! 
    Chloe is really enjoying her time in Scotland and has made it her mission to travel on weekends when she can. Apparently finding cheap flights within Europe from Europe is much easier than finding them from here. She went to London, and Paris with friends, and now her best friend from her dorm has invited her home to Sweden one weekend. Her friend helped her find a flight for 20€ online.
   It's an amazing thing to have all three girls happy at their schools at the same time. The last time this happened Chloe was in 3rd grade, Phoebe was in kindergarten and Naomi was at Humpty Dumpty preschool.... So it was a long time ago.

Cliff Hanger

In the meantime I've been trying to build a big portfolio on my Red bubble account. This piece is new to the site, it's called "Cliff Hanger" .  It's from my "Child in Peril" collection.

Night Fishing

This one is called "Night Fishing" There's many more images that can be purchased as prints, on t-shirts, posters, cell phone sleeves, laptop covers, bags,  and pillows. This particular site is the best one of these I've found, as the proceeds for the artist/designer is much more. A few years ago I tried to put up over 100 images on a site called Zazzle and I only received a few cents for each sale. It took over a year to make $50 and then for taxes I had to give up a third. If I'd done that on Red Bubble I'd have made hundreds in passive income.  Anyway I still make my pennies on Zazzle but I'm focusing on making some here now.
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)

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